Re: Punishment should fit the crimeDec 10th, 2007
I can't help but feel frustrated that this family seems to illicit more outrage and frustration, more desire for vengance, than a typical crash. Drunk drivers kill people every day. Why would a drunk driver who hits and kills one person deserve less penalty than a drunk driver who hits and kills an entire family. It's the same action, same result, just sheer bad luck that he happened to hit the most sacred thing in our society....a family. But the wreckage of one person's death is just as important.
Now, if he'd set out to kill five people, and didn't stop until he had his total, then fine. Hit him with five times the charges of other drunks. Or charge him with five, but sentence accordingly... I don't know. It just seems a bit unbalanced to me. Like rewarding the other drunks for being lucky enough to hit emptier vehicles.